Obituary by Maurece McCool (1930 – 2021) – Cedar Rapids, IA


MAURECE MCCOOL Cedar Rapids Maurece McCool passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Oaknoll Retirement Center in Iowa City, Iowa. Maurece was born on June 13, 1930 in Jamaica, Iowa, to Thomas and Louise McDermott. She enjoyed growing up on the family farm with her five siblings and with parents who instilled in her a strong work ethic and a Catholic education. Maurece was a wonderful, caring and loving mother to her nine children. Her talents weren’t limited to cooking, cleaning and sewing, although she excelled in all of these areas. After her youngest started school, Maurece went to work outside the home. She enjoyed her time in quality assurance, hotel management and advertising sales. Meanwhile, Maurece was also enjoying a new hobby: flipping houses. She is survived by her children, Vicki Anderson (Conrad) of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, Mark McCool (Jan) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cindy Caspers of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Caroline McCool of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jenni McCool of Winona, Minn., Lisa McCool of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Pat McCool of Iowa City, Iowa, and Mike McCool (Jane Mayhew) of Maple Grove, Minn. His nine grandchildren, Danielle Wepking (Brandon) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nathan Anderson (Kaitlin) of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Matt Anderson (Tina) of Saviese, Switzerland, Moses Simon (Marla) of Winona, Minn., Will Caspers of Lusaka, Zambia, Johnny Caspers (Libby) of Oakland, Calif., Lucas McCool of Iowa City, Iowa, David Lawrence (Ann) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Gina Holmstedt of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; her 10 great-grandchildren, Ella Anderson, Evan Anderson, Lia Anderson, Maya Anderson, Sophia Wepking, Isabella Wepking, Judah Simon, Sam Lawrence and Maddy Holmstedt and Ryan Holmstedt; and his nieces, nephews and their families. Maurece was predeceased by her daughter Theresia; her former husband, Bill McCool; his parents; and his siblings and their spouses. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, September 30 at 10 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. The family will welcome visitors one hour before the service. Please follow COVID-19 protocol by wearing masks and practicing social distancing where possible. Our family would like to thank the caretakers and staff at Oaknoll Retirement Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at All Saints Catholic School, 720 29th St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Condolences and memories online can be shared at

Published by The Gazette on September 26, 2021.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.